North Murray Hoping to Build Off Best Year in School History

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Chatsworth, GA-(WDEF-TV) North Murray is coming off their best season ever. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the first time in history, but they graduated a lot of talented players from that team. How will the Mountaineers make up for those losses? Maybe by becoming ‘Mountain-gears’.

Said head coach Preston Poag: “This is probably the fastest team I’ve had.”

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Said running back Noah Lunsford: “We got some guys that came back, in our grade, and they are just insanely fast. We have speed all around in all positions.”

Added running back Dante Edwards Tidwell: “I don’t think honestly, I’m not being cocky or nothing, but nobody in this region can guard me.”

Confidence certainly not a problem for North Murray this year — and that’s just how Coach Preston Poag likes it.

Reporter: “What’s going to be the biggest struggle or hurdle this year, COVID aside?”

Said quarterback Seth Griffin: “Uh, I don’t think we’ll have a struggle.”

Said Poag: “You got to have the mindset that you can beat anybody no matter if seniors leave or not. It’s the next guy up.”

Sophomore quarterback Seth Griffin will be that next guy up to replace SEC product Ladd McConkey.

Said Poag: “He’s more of a pro style. He can run it. I’m not saying he can’t run it. But he’s a pro style, can really throw the ball, probably better than anybody I’ve had here.”

Said Griffin: “I’m getting more and more accurate every week. So I think we’re going to be able to pass it, run it, whatever we really want to do.”

What the Mountaineers really want to do is best last year’s Elite 8 playoff run.

Said Griffin: “Being on that team, you kind of get to see what it’s going to take to go to the Elite 8 or even farther. So I guess we just have that mentality that we can be better than last year.”

Said Lunsford: “This is a new year we are playing. We lost some of those players. But I think we’ll be able to go deep. We have to just stick to what we’re doing. Keep on working, and I think we’ll go just as far.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.